John Cox’s bus tour hits Fresno, talks state spending habits

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“Help is on the way,” that’s the message one candidate for the governor’s seat is spreading — by bus. Right now, John Cox is traveling throughout the state via tour bus to visit 30 cities. In Fresno, he focused his discussions on spending and the need for the state to prioritize better.

He particularly spoke on a state project being built in the Central Valley — the high-speed rail.

“We are spending billions of dollars on this monument to corruption, this train to nowhere,” said Cox.

Using one of the HSR’s construction spots as a backdrop, Cox said the rail is a monument to California’s problematic spending habits.

“We ought to be building infrastructure and mass transit where it provides a good productive use. [Also] where people will benefit from it,” he said.

Cox adds he is for mass transit, so long as its productively funded.

He had this to say when asked to elaborate what that could mean for the Central Valley, “Improve the airport, the roads are in horrible shape around here. We could do more in terms of education, provide more educational opportunity and training ground for people.”

Healthcare, as well as forest management, also came up during Thursday’s pit stop. Each issue raised brought out the same message: the state isn’t using its dollars correctly to help its own people.

“I’ve had enough of watching people struggle to find the money to buy a house, to pay for gas, to pay for food,” Cox said. “This unproductive spending out here that’s exemplified by [high-speed rail] is all the reason people are going to choose change.”

Part of Cox’s visit to Fresno included the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Margaret Mims just endorsed Cox Wednesday.

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